A decrease in the number of neutrophils in the peripheral blood.

Symptoms of Neutropenia

The following features are indicative of Neutropenia:
  • fever
  • painful swallowing
  • gingival pain
  • skin abscesses
It is possible that Neutropenia shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Neutropenia

The following are the most common causes of Neutropenia:
  • chemotherapy
  • chronic idiopathic neutropenia in adults
  • Kostmann's syndrome
  • leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • myelofibrosis

Other Causes of Neutropenia

The following are the less common causes of Neutropenia:
  • myelokathexis
  • radiation therapy
  • vitamin deficiencies
  • hypersplenism
  • rheumatoid arthritis

Risk Factors for Neutropenia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Neutropenia:
  • older age
  • history of multiple cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens

Prevention of Neutropenia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Neutropenia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • protect skin from direct contact with pet bodily
  • clean hands frequently
  • try to avoid crowded places
  • avoid sharing food with others
  • eat well cooked meat

Occurrence of Neutropenia

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Neutropenia cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Neutropenia most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • After birth

Common Gender

Neutropenia can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Neutropenia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Neutropenia:
  • CBC (Complete blood count): Helps in determination of the number of different types of white blood cells in a blood sample

Complications of Neutropenia if untreated

Yes, Neutropenia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Neutropenia is left untreated:
  • neutropenic fever

Self-care for Neutropenia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Neutropenia:
  • use gloves while gardening
  • keep household surfaces neat and clean

Time for Treatment of Neutropenia

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Neutropenia to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Neutropenia.

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